Figuring out your core values

One of the challenges to goal planning is understanding how your goals will affect the quality of your life. Many people (including me in the past) set goals that led to outcomes they don’t want. By planning your goals around your core values you set yourself up to create the life you want while you achieve your goals.

The best online goal tracking website I know of is It’s focused on values before goals, and goals before actions. The challenge is that if you don’t know what your core values are you can get stuck at the first step.

Focusing on personal and business core values has always been a critical part of our ViRTUS Exchange experience. For our Exchange Members we created a competency that will allow them to figure out their personal core values. At a speech I gave the other day at UBC I promised I would share  the core values worksheet with step-by-step instructions. Here it is: Core Values Experience PDF Download.


2 responses to “Figuring out your core values

  1. Pingback: What I wish I’d known when I was a teenager. « Some thoughts on strategy, leadership, and corporate culture.

  2. Mike,
    Thanks so much for a wonderful presentation and for generously sharing the core values sheet.
    I can relate to the burned out story – it happend to me and took me about 2 years to get back.
    As mentioned when we had coffee, I am now in your ‘year-and -a-half” process of transition and figuring out how to do what I am passionate about.
    p.s. happy belated BDay.

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